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Shelby Marlo's new art of dog training : balancing love and discipline
Marlo, Shelby.
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New art of dog training
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Lincolnwood, IL : Contemporary Books, 1999.
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xix, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Shelby Marlo's New Art of Dog Training is more than a how-to manual -- it can also be used as an instrument to develop a lifelong bond.

With the methods presented in this book, owners will be able to teach their dogs commands such as "sit", "come", and "off" in less than an hour. The book also advises how to choose the right dog, make a dog feel safe and secure, and how to housebreak any animal.

Along with training tips, Marlo shares anecdotes about the pets of such stars as Kevin Costner, Barbra Streisand, Diane Keaton, and Al Pacino. This book will enhance the relationships that humans share with their canine companions, whether purebred or mutt.

Author Notes

Shelby Marlo is a canine behavioral specialist and trainer.

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Library Journal Review

Stressing positive reinforcement instead of punishment, these three new titles are very different from pet-training books of the past that emphasized domination training methods. Diller's Dogs and Their People is perhaps the most readable, with the most logical presentation. Diller, president of the Society of North American Dog Trainers, believes that dogs are as individual as people and that training comprises two aspectsÄthe teaching of specific behaviors and the prevention of problems. His approach is a blend of positive motivation and properly applied corrections. Diller presents the basics of learning theory, discusses common behavioral problems, and clarifies the pluses and minuses of the wide variety of collars, leashes, and training tools available. He gives specific recommendations for teaching doggy "etiquette" as well as practical obedience exercises. One of the most valuable chapters is on building relationships, particularly when there are other pets or children in the household. Marlo's training method is similar to Diller's, blending love and understanding with discipline. The "dog trainer to the stars" (her clients include Jamie Lee Curtis and Bridget Fonda) believes that "training is more than just sit and stay. It's also learning about dog behavior and the canine-human relationship." Her book covers myths and realities about dogs, choosing a breed, building a leadership relationship, socialization, and puppy-proofing your home. She includes extensive but comprehensible discussions of housebreaking (including the importance of feeding and watering schedules) and common behavior problems. Olympic gold medalist Louganis's For the Life of Your Dog is not so much a training manual as a book about caring for your dog from puppyhood to old age. The four main sections take the reader from the commitment required to own a dog, through puppyhood, into the prime adult years, and finally to old age. Throughout, there is never any doubt that the author is celebrating the human-animal bond. Like Diller and Marlo, Louganis, who now breeds and trains dogs, covers responsible ownership, socialization, housebreaking, basic training, and problem solving/prevention. However, the use of stories and vignettes to deliver his message sometimes makes his book seem disorganized and rambling. All three books are highly recommended for public libraries where pet books are popular. Diller has the edge for his understandable presentation on learning theory and organization, and Marlo gets extra points for her focus on building relationships and taking training beyond "sit and stay." Louganis is recommended for the intensity of his feelings and his celebration of the canine's place in the human world. [Louganis's book was previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/98.]ÄEdell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Milwaukee (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preface: A Love Storyp. xiii
I. Overview: For Your Informationp. 1
1. The Big Picturep. 3
What Is Training?
Taking a History
Top Ten Myths and Realities About Dogs
A Few More Words of Advice
In Short
2. Choosing the Right Breed for Youp. 15
A Brief Look Back
What's in a Breed?
Types of Breeds
Rescue Dogs
How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?
Research, Research, Research
In Short
3. Puppies, Puppies, Puppiesp. 29
When to Get a Puppy
The Personal Puppy Test
The Muzzle Grab
Shark Mouths
Parenting Your Puppy
In Short
II. Relationship: Building a Lifelong Partnershipp. 41
4. What's Essential to Dogsp. 43
Pack Animals
Dogs as Predators
Leave the Ego at the Door
In Short
5. Building a Leader-Follower Relationshipp. 59
Rank in a Multi-Dog Household
Be a Benevolent Leader
In Short
6. Socializationp. 71
What Is Socialization?
Why Socialize Your Dog?
When to Socialize Your Dog
Entering the Social Scene
We Shall Overcome: Coping with Fear
Nature vs. Nurture
Problems and Misconceptions
A Lively Outlook
In Short
III. Training: Sit, Stay, and All That Good Stuffp. 95
7. Training Theoryp. 97
Evolution of Training
Old School
New School
My School
The Training Paradox
In Short
8. Starting Off on the Right Pawp. 117
Equipping Your Home
Crate Training
Dogs and Children
Diet and Exercise
Gentling and Handling
In Short
9. Housebreakingp. 143
Creatures of Habit
Chow Time: Scheduling Food and Water
Potty Times
Potty on Command
Will He Tell You He Needs to Go?
Reverse-Housebroken Dogs
Submissive and Excitement Urination
Control from Chaos
In Short
10. The Mechanics of Trainingp. 165
Why Train?
What Every Dog Should Know
Have Patience
In Short
11. Behavior "Problems"p. 191
Exercise and Mental Stimulation
Separation Anxiety
Running Away
Other Crimes and Misdemeanors
Compulsive Behaviors
In Short
Epilogue: A Final Notep. 217
Appendix Quiz: Are You a Good Dog or a Bad Dog?p. 219
Indexp. 223